Bally and Swizz Beatz begin an artistic love affair.
Clockwise from top: Black leather jacket, $1,695, Gavin sneaker, $425, and Brasai wallet, $250, all by Bally at Saks Fifth Avenue, Tysons Galleria and bally.com
Bally has long championed a mix of art and fashion in its design, which is most evident in its past advertising campaigns where prolic modernist artworks are positioned alongside ready-to-wear. The latest team-up began authentically with a similarity between the brand and Grammy Award winner Swizz Beatz—namely, that Bally, too, is Swiss. Beatz shared his own pair of Ascona sneakers on Instagram, thus beginning a mutual likeness. An art enthusiast himself, Beatz introduced Bally to artist Ricardo Cavolo, who has exhibited everywhere from Moscow to Mexico City and is known for his colorful, folkloric and religious symbology integrated with character-derived elements. e new Bally Collective curated by Swizz Beatz allows men to wear ne art, rather than simply hang it. Cavolo’s work marks varsity jackets, wallets and sneakers, and his vivid illustrations stir the imagination. When Cavolo spoke with Beatz, he told him to seek “creation with no borders.” Done deal.